Back in October Deveric Gallington was arrested on misdemeanor public intoxication and disorderly conduct stemming from a bar fight in which he was involved. That could have been the main reason for his not being deemed draft worthy.
On the plus side, Gallington started 38 consecutive games in college at Texas Tech, which is a school in a major conference being located in the Big 12. Those 38 starts came at two different positions -- right guard and center. He had 25 starts at right guard before sliding inside to center for the final 13 starts of his collegiate career. His senior season he helped lead Texas Tech to 1,674 yards rushing -- their highest total since 1998.
At 6-3, 319 pounds, he has the type of frame that seems to be popular in Oakland now days and certainly is large enough to believe that he should be able to fit into a Power Blocking scheme. His versatility is key as Reggie McKenzie is showing a liking for players that can play multiple spots along the offensive line.
Though Gallington has shown the ability to play both center and guard, he admitted to feeling more comfortable at the Center position.
"I feel like I’m more of a natural center," said Gallington following his junior season with the Aggies. "For one, I’m not that tall — I’m about 6-2. Another thing is I’m very flexible. I can move pretty good, and I know how to get people where they’re supposed to be and communicate."
At Texas Tech's Pro Day in March, Gallington had 27 reps at 225 pounds at the bench press and ran a 5.31 40-yard dash. He also ran a 4.98 20-yard shuttle, and a 8.11 3-cone drill. None of those numbers are outstanding but they are not terrible either.
Deveric says he was a hot commodity following the draft and that it didn't take long after the draft was over for him to sign with the Raiders. There were several teams contacting him including Houston, Carolina, Miami, and Detroit.
Gallington says within 20 minutes all those teams had contacted him but he chose Oakland with the belief that they gave him the best chance to land a job. Considering the Raiders currently do not have any player listed as the back up Center to Stefen Wisniewski, Gallington may have made the right choice, although the Raiders do have Alex Parsons who is listed as a guard on the team but also filled the role of backup center last year.
The Raiders continue to try and beef up their depth across the offensive line and Gallington is another big body that will be given a chance to make Oakland's roster. Ironically he was already a Raider before ever coming into the NFL, though it was as a Red Raider (Texas Tech's mascot) and so he now will be switching from the color red to the illustrious Silver and Black.